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Marathon Woman

Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
Narrated by: Kathrine Switzer
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Summary

Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering woman in sports.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Kathrine Switzer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"A thoughtfully written memoir...[Switzer is] still running strong; she's headed back to Boston this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her 1967 pioneering run, making this a perfect time to brush up on running history." (Mother Runner)

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Inspiring!

Wow! What an inspiring and full of real stories book! Must read for every woman and man runner.

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fantastic book

i loved this book. it was very well read. interesting and funny. I highly recommended.

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  • 05-09-19

Social History Through Running.

An absolutely fantastic listen that has kept me well distracted but motivated on long runs. The mix of personal experience and wider history of the rise of women's running was captivating.

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Fascinating and I’m thankful

This book is amazing. The journey Katherine went through and what she has done for women’s running. I am ever thankful.
I enjoy running. I’ve run the London Marathon and at the time didn’t even think about what it took to make that possible for me.

Inspirational and brilliant x

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such an inspirational book

loved it. every woman should listen to this at least once in their life regardless of if they run.

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  • Kim R. Bosher
  • 22-02-18

Marathon Woman Has It All

I absolutely loved every story that Kathrine Switzer shared about running!
She shared trials and tribulations of the era of women’s running! One of the best books to motivate one to run a marathon! Running has come a long way from the 1970’s or really 1967!

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  • Allan
  • 06-09-17

Great read for all

Fantastic story and wonderful achievements. But as a runner and as a sports administrator trailblazer. Well worth a listen.

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  • Missy Boser
  • 14-09-18

A Must

I LOVE this audio book! Kathrine Switzer did an amazing job narrating it! It feels like she is personally telling you the story!

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  • GirlsGotSole
  • 15-11-19

Loved it!

Highly recommend this book to all runners! Kathrine's story is so inspirational! Loved it so much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-19

Ex husband stories

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inpirational listen. I found myself feeling somewhat put down by comments about some marathon speeds being only 'jogger speed' and too many thinly- or not even thinly- veiled negative comments about the husband. These became tiresome and so I cant recommend this one.

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  • gtown2000
  • 12-12-18

Sensational

I knew some of Kathrine’s story, but learned so much more from this book. What an inspiring and powerful description of such important events and changes in running and culture in general! I especially love hearing an author narrate her work, and Kathrine is fantastic at it.

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  • Peggy Sue Andersson
  • 13-10-18

Great history of women's running + race evolution

I knew a little about K Switzer's Boston race and her love for running. I had no idea how influential she was in getting the woman's marathon in the Olympics and how she helped structure road racing in general. I loved her tenacity and how she went for all the "crazy" ideas she had. Since listening to her book I have ordered a physical copy. This is a book I will read or listen to a few more times.